NO Ford Eco Town: join the campaign

by EcoStreet on May 28, 2008

in Activism, Conservation

No Ford Eco Town

It’s not very often that you’ll hear us campaigning against something like this eco town. But as guest contributor Michael Smith points out, this eco town is not as “eco” as it’s being made out to be, and it risks turning beautiful countryside and farmlands into just another car-filled urban area. For a bit of background on this story, read here.

Ford it is not a brownfield site as claimed. 87% of the land is greenfield farmland and with the cost of food increasing, should we be building on land actively used for agriculture? The more farmland we build on – the more expensive our groceries become!

Our roads, schools, hospitals and water supplies are already under huge strain and 5,000 – 15,000 houses will increase the pressure on local services even further. The more demand we put on supplies and services – the more expensive they become!

The developers believe half of all the new houses will not need cars. If they build a minimum of 5,000 houses, 2,500 could have up to 2 cars. That could be 5,000 cars, which is more pollution and that isn’t ‘eco’ is it?

There will be a massive increase of traffic levels in the local area affecting everyone who use the roads around our villages, including the over burdened A27 and A259. The developers propose a link road through Ford eco-town, which would raise traffic and noise levels further, increasing pollution too. Not very ‘eco’ then?

Nature is my playstation – is it yours? An eco town would remove all the natural wildlife that we are so lucky to have on our doorstep. Its not just animals that would be destroyed – trees will be chopped down, wild flowers and hedgerows will be lost forever! Can the developers build a zero carbon eco-town, without causing any damage to local wildlife or natural eco systems?

Visit the NO Ford Eco Town campaign blog.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Cllr. Peter Mates CC June 6, 2008 at 11:56 pm

Good luck with your campaign to stop this so-called eco town. Greenwash is the new whitewash. In the light of unstable global weather conditions and rising sea levels, we cannot afford to lose a square yard of agricultural land in this already over-populated island of ours. The UK imports nearly 60% of its food. Will other nations continue to feed us when they cannot feed themselves?

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ROBERT EAST May 24, 2009 at 7:36 pm

As Cllr. Peter Mates says, we cannot afford to lose good prime farmland,common sense has left us if we destroy our means of feeding our own people.
In the virtual slump we are in, the properties will find few buyers/ few folk wishing to rent.
Affordable homes sounds all very grand, but what use is or example; shared ownership -if prices rise in the future and you cannot afford the next share,it an be a trap.

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